Coolsculpting Pre-Post Care

Pre Care:

Day of your CoolSculpting Procedure

  • Please come in for your treatment in comfortable clothing.
  • Bring a book, magazine as needed for the time of your procedure.
  • We will be providing you with appropriate clothing during your treatment.
  • Please bring a snack or a meal if staying for a long period of time.
  • Please remove and type of piercing in the treatment area.

Post Care:

What to Expect During Your CoolSculpting Procedure

  • CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment.  
  • No general/topical anesthesia or pain medication is required.
  • Applicator cup uses vacuum pressure to draw tissue between the cooling panels.
  • Sensations of pulling, tugging, and mild pinching in the area being treated.
  • Intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, cramping.  These sensations subside as the area becomes numb.
  • You will either sit or lie down during your procedure, depending on the area being treated.
  • Procedure takes from 1 to 2 hours depending on the number of placements.  
  • The treatment is easy; patients often read, listen to music or take a nap.

What to Expect Immediately After Your CoolSculpting Procedure

  • CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure; there is no recovery time.
  • Treated area may look firm or feel stiff immediately after the procedure. This is normal and dissipates within minutes.
  • The treated area may be reddened for approximately 20 minutes after the applicator is removed.
  • Vacuum can cause bruising, tingling or tenderness to the touch.  This typically resolves within a few weeks.  
  • You may feel a temporary dulling of sensation or numbness in the treated area. This is normal and will resolve within a few hours up until eight weeks after your procedure.
  • You may resume normal activities immediately following procedure.

Possible Side Effects

  • Immediately after a procedure:
    • Redness and firmness
    • Transient blanching (temporary whitening of the skin) and/or mild bruising around the edges of the treatment area. 
    • Tingling and stinging.
  • One to two weeks after a procedure:
    • Redness, bruising, and swelling. 
    • Tenderness, cramping or muscle spasm, and aching. 
    • Itching, skin sensitivity, tingling, and numbness. Numbness can persist up to several weeks after a procedure.